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30 September 2015

IWRF partners with leading global law firm, Hogan Lovells

Firm to provide pro bono legal services to IWRF, and will see the gradual introduction of Hogan Lovells global network of offices with IWRF National Member Organisations.


The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Hogan Lovells, a leading global law firm providing business-oriented legal advice and high-quality services to clients around the world.


Hogan Lovells has well-established relationships with Paralympic sport, and are the Official Legal Services Provider for the British Paralympics Association, and work with the Great Britain Boccia Team and International Boccia Federation.


The IWRF is an Independent Sport Federation recognized as the global governing body responsible for the sport of Wheelchair Rugby. Having Hogan Lovells available to provide legal advice and services will bring the IWRF a step closer to meeting its vision of becoming a World Leader in Wheelchair Sport. With time the new partnership will also benefit IWRF member countries as Hogan Lovells gradually introduces their global network of offices to IWRF's National Member Organisations.


IWRF President, John Bishop stated: “We are elated to be partnering with Hogan Lovells, and look forward to working together. The wide array of professional legal services that they provide will be a tremendous asset to our sport and federation, and with time our member countries will benefit as well.”


Commenting on the new partnership, Ruth Grant, Chair of Hogan Lovells Diversity and Inclusion Committee, said: "At the core of Hogan Lovells' vision and values is a longstanding commitment to being a diverse and inclusive place to work. Beyond the workplace, the firm strongly believes that promoting diversity is simply the right thing to do."


Client relationship partner Richard Welfare added: "I am thrilled to be embarking upon this exciting partnership with IWRF, where there is so much potential to build on the great work we are already doing to promote disability sport, particularly in the run up to next year’s Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro."


About the IWRF
The IWRF is the global governing body responsible for the sport of wheelchair rugby, and a member of the International Paralympic Committee. The mission of the IWRF is to grow and support the global Wheelchair Rugby Family, with a vision to be a world leader in wheelchair sport. For more information please email